SundayBest is the dinner party hosted by Chef Adrienne once a month in Harlem and beyond.
The name comes from a common historical concept among African Americans that your best clothes were reserved for Sundays, and when going to church one must always present themselves well. During segregation, putting on your "Sunday Best" was a way of demanding acceptance, freedom, and full inclusion in the narrative of the nation. By putting on your best you are showing that you are serious and important and it forces people to move beyond their stereotypes.
Chef Adrienne brings that concept to the kitchen with each SundayBest dinner. Things have begun to change, but typically Southern cuisine isn’t included in the narrative of serious, important cuisines. The stereotypes of a few familiar dishes and their cooking techniques can get in the way of exploring the breadth and beauty of what is the original American cuisine. Ingredients and dishes vary by region, techniques and recipes have evolved through time, and the influence of various cultures that have come to the South have integrated so seamlessly its largely unnoticed.
SundayBest is a way to get people to move beyond their common ideas of Southern cuisine and Soul Food, we’re highlighting the subtleties, nuance, and some lesser-known facets of the cuisine to show that while humble in origin, as all cuisines are, it deserves a place at the table and in the narrative of serious cuisine.